Fab four celebrate four A*s at A-level

Thursday 13 August 2015

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Four students at The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL) have swept the board with four A*s at A-level.

Daniel Drazen, Adam Bush, Josephine Pepper and Ashwin Venkatesh all achieved the top grade in this year’s exams, and will be taking up places at Oxbridge colleges. Daniel and Adam have each gained A*s in maths, further maths, chemistry and physics. Daniel holds an offer to study natural sciences at Queen’s College, Cambridge, while Adam has an offer to study engineering at Keble College, Oxford.

Josephine notched up A*s in biology, chemistry, maths and physics and scored a further A* in her EPQ (extended project qualification). She has a place at Brasenose College, Oxford to study biochemistry. Ashwin achieved the top grade in biology, chemistry, maths and further maths and will study medicine at St John’s College, Cambridge.

A further 13 students will be joining the quartet at Oxford or Cambridge, including three who completed their A-levels at GSAL last year.

GSAL students are celebrating a 100 per cent pass rate in this year’s A-levels, with over half the cohort achieving a minimum of ABB grades – the requirement of many leading universities. In addition to the four with four A*s, a further eight achieved three A*s. Other key outcomes from this year’s results include:

  • 19 per cent – almost a fifth of this year’s grades – were passes at A*
  • 12 students achieved three or more A*s
  • 80 per cent of students achieved A*-B
  • 55 per cent of GSAL students achieved ABB or better

Principal Mike Gibbons said: “In a year when nationally there has been a reduction in the number of the top grades awarded, we are delighted that over 50 per cent of our A-level grades are A*/A.  Our strong results have enabled the majority of our students to secure their first choice university.

“We are very proud of their achievements which are the culmination of years of hard work. We wish them all good luck in their future careers and we are going to miss seeing them around GSAL.”

View a summary of the results with a breakdown by subject

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